Sanjeev Kapoor, India’s most well-known celebrity Masterchef travelled on a culinary journey to Australia to film the next season of his show – Out of the World – which will be aired on the nation’s only food and lifestyle channel, Food Food. As part of his delightful gourmet expedition, Sanjeev travelled to four Australian states including Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria and South Australia to get a taste of some of the finest food and beverage experiences Down Under.
In sync with Tourism Australia’s focus on highlighting the destination’s best food and wine experiences, this show will bring to Indian homes a glimpse of Australia’s finest array of produce served in the most stunning locations. The 15 part series, created by the production company Performance Ltd spearheaded by veteran producer and director Runjiv Kapur, will feature several ‘Best of Australia’ experiences that Sanjeev indulged in during his visit. These included a hot air balloon ride and champagne breakfast, cuddling koalas and feeding kangaroos at Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary on the Gold Coast; climbing the Sydney Harbour Bridge and visiting the Blue Mountains; chocolate tours and attending the Melbourne Food and Wine event, taking a helicopter ride over the 12 Apostles, visiting Kangaroo Island and blending wines in the Barossa Valley.
One of the highlights of the journey was avid cricket enthusiast Sanjeev meeting famous Aussie cricketer Brett Lee to cook up an Australian barbeque on a yacht cruising along the Sydney Harbour. Sanjeev also visited the Sydney Cricket Ground, Melbourne Cricket Ground and the Adelaide Oval, each being venues of India matches at the upcoming Cricket World Cup in 2015. During his visit, Sanjeev was honored as a ‘Friend of Australia’ by Tourism Australia making him part of an advocacy program alongside local and international opinion leaders to tell their Australian stories.
Sanjeev is the ultimate authority on food in India. He joined the ‘Friends of Australia’ program endorsing the best of food and travel experiences in Australia. FoodFood Channel was conceptualized by MasterChef Sanjeev Kapoor, the most celebrated face of Indian cuisine today. In addition to being a TV show host, Sanjeev is an author of bestselling cookbooks, restaurant consultant, architect of unique range of food products and winner of numerous awards.
Australia has witnessed a healthy increase in arrivals from India. There were 11,600 visitors from India during January 2014, bringing the total for the twelve months to January to almost 170,000, an increase of 9.1 per cent relative to the same period the previous year.